An Ottawa basketball coach and personal trainer is facing sexual assault charges related to a female athlete.

The coach was training the girl — who is under 18 years old — when he allegedly gave her a recovery massage that turned into a sexual assault.

Dejan Tanasijevic, 62, is charged with sexual exploitation, sexual assault and forcible confinement.

According to court documents, the alleged incident occurred in the east end Aug. 1.

Tanasijevic is well-known in the basketball community, police said in an emailed statement.

He appeared in court Saturday and a bail hearing was set for Wednesday. 

The Ottawa police sexual assault and child abuse unit is concerned there could be other victims. Anyone with information is asked to contact major case management at 613-236-1222, ext. 5760, or by email at bAnonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).